Showing posts from November, 2011

Todd Brook - the High

Todd Brook – tributary to the river Stort Todd Brook flows south west towards the Stort Post to the east Netteswellbury Post to the west Hare Street Town centre This was laid out as set out in Gibberd’s overall plan.   the “Chief Shopping Area” to be in the centre with “Civic Squares” and council offices in the south of the centre focussed and local activities around Market Square to the north. Now much of the original street structure has been removed Broad Walk Seen as a unifying element in the original plan.   Redstone House restricts the original links with the Town Centre South as seen in the original plan Obelisk by Gibberd, concrete faced with Portland stone, erected in 1980 to commemorate the building of Harlow College Square St. Pauls Church . Harlow’s main parish church built in 1957-9 to the designs of Humphreys and Hurst. It is in brown stock brick with lots of windows.   A covered way goes over a platform to a bell tower and wayside pulpit. The bells in th

Todd Brook - Netteswellbury

Todd Brook Tributary to the river Stort Todd Brook continues to flow west and south west Post to the east Latton Post to the west The High Long Ley The Moors . A long thin glade with woodland, grassland and stream Maddox Road Pypers Hatch .   The Hatches were small local areas providing shops and facilities in the New Town plans. Manston Road Netteswell Rectory , Red brick house 1760. Now a care home. Monkswick Road Sydenham House Clinic Jack and Jill’s Nursery The Heart and Club. Local bar – the name is that of a sort of moth and reflects the use in the New Town to call pubs after butterflies and moths. Second Avenue Netteswell Pond . The embanked monastic fishponds of Netteswellbury built on behalf of Waltham Abbey in the 1060s.   At the south side are the remains of the walled garden of the Martin family with lived here in the 17 th . This is now a fishery. Tendering Road Playing fields Tripton Road St Marks West Essex Catholic Secondary School .

Todd's Brook - Latton

Todd Brook – tributary to the River Stort Todd Brook flows west towards the Stort Post to the east Potter Street Post to the west Netteswellbury A414 London Road, built in the 1960s as a bypass to the traditional London Road to the east. Gravel Pit springs . Nature area and reserve Highfield Including some urban woodland Latton Street Latton Street began as Mill Lane from the mill on the Stort and continued as Latton Street to and Purfoots Green and southwards. Latton Farm . School House . 19th house in grey brick. This was the 19 th village school provided by Arkwright of Mark Hall. Puffers Green. Also called Purfoots Green possibly named from Thomas Proudfoot, who had an estate here in the 14 th Coppins . This was once called ‘Purfoots’.It is a timber-framed house, probably a late medieval hall house. Outbuilding on the east side is 16 th in red brick Brick cottages built in the 19th century for the Mark Hall estate. This was down to m

Todd Brook - Church Langley

Todd Brook Tributary to the River Stort Todd Brook rises in this area and flows north TL 47150 09852 Suburban area which was part of Harlow as a 'New Town'. Post to the east Church Langley Post to the west Latton Brenthall Wood Ancient woodland with a pond. Piggeries now demolished. Church Langley Way Church Langley community centre Church Langley primary school Potters Arms . New ‘family’ pub Kingsdon Lane Used to be called Mill Lane Kingsdon Hall . House built 1700 timber framed and rendered. Site of the home of Thomas atte Crosse. In the mid-14 th it was the home of someone called Kingstone.   It may have been used as a school in the 19 th . Mallards Rise Barn for Barnsley Cottage. This is a 16 th aisled barn, timber framed and, weather boarded.   The posts and main components are medieval but the structure is 16 th Barnsley Cottage Minton Lane Reservoir. Used as a fishing pond. This was built in the late 1960s as a reservoir partly to p

River Stort - Burnt Mill

Thames Tributary River Stort. The Stort flows westwards Fiddlers Brook flows south east towards the Stort TL 44632 11206 Area to the north of Harlow and around the Stort Navigation.  This is an area of the New Town designated for employment to which industries were relocated from central areas Post to the north Gilston Park Post to the east Harlow Post to the west Eastwick Post to the west Harlow Allende Avenue This was previously Fifth Avenue and is now part of the A414 Burnt Mill Industrial and warehousing area. Burnt Mill Lane Burnt Mill = the area here was a settlement and an industrial village in the 19 th . Burnt Mill . This was originally Netteswell Mill, built by Waltham abbey dates from the 12 th .   Known as Burnt Mill since the 16 th it became derelict and was demolished in the 19 th . Gilston Mill . On the bank upriver of Burnt Mill.   This was a cloth and fulling mill later converted to corn Burnt Mill . Factory built on the site of the Bur

River Stort - Harlow

Thames Tributary River Stort The Stort flows south west and is joined by Fiddlers Brook from the north west Post to the north Pole Hill Post to the west Burnt Mill Harlow Edinburgh Way In 1952 The Duke of Edinburgh visited what was then Temple Fields Industrial Estate and thus the road was named.   It was, and to some extent is, an area of trading estates and some substantial factories – some of the longer established are shown below. Much of the road now is full of garish burger and pizza bar, cheap entertainment venues, ‘big shed’ retailers and such like. The Kao-Hockham Building . Now the offices of Harlow Enterprise Hub, this was formerly Great Eastern House purchased by Harlow Council in 2006. It was built in the 1960s for Standard Telephones and Cables Ltd, the British telecommunications company dating from 1883. They had had laboratories in Harlow from the 1950s where in 1966, Charles Kao demonstrated that light rather than electricity could be used to transm

Fiddlers Brook - Gilston Park

Thames Tributary Fiddlers Brook The Fiddlers Brook flows south east towards the River Stort Post to the north Gilston Post to the east Pole Hill Post to the south Burnt Mill Eastwick Road Fiddlers Bridge .18th red brick bridge. Gilston Park This had been farmland with a manor house called Netherhall which had been set up after the Conquest and had a succession of wealthy owners. In 1550, Henry Chauncy bought Netherhall and rebuilt it as a stone house called New Place.   In the 17th the land around the house was enclosed by Humphrey Gore and then became the area of the park. Under later successive wealthy owners the house and gardens became grander and grander.   In 1850 it was bought by John Hodgson who rebuilt everything in the area as a model this or that and also rebuilt the big house. Later it was owned by the Bowlby family and in the Second World War became an officers' billet and then a military hospital for the RAF. After the war it was became a country club a

Fiddlers Brook - Gilston

Thames Tributary Fiddlers Brook Fiddlers Brook (aka Golden Brook) flows south towards the River Stort Post to the east Sayes Park Post to the north Acton's Lane Post to the south Gilston Park Gilston Park.   The laboratory research complex was set up by of Smith & Nephew in the 1950s, the multinational pharmaceutical group.   The area has now been developed for housing. (The house and most of the park is in the square to the south Fiddlers Brook going through the park to the lake.   Church Lane. Overhall Farm . Set up after the conquest by Norman Geoffrey de Mandeville as a manor house called Overhall or Upper Hall.   It passed through various owners and is now a farm. St Mary . Originally this was a 13th flint hilltop church of a deserted medieval village with a brick tower – which was rebuilt in the 16th and now had battlements and a spike. Then, in 1852 it was ‘ restored’ by Philip Hardwick for John Hodgson of Gilston Park.   There is a 13th screen which is

Fiddlers Brook - Actons Lane

Thames Tributary Fiddlers Brook Fiddlers Brook flows south towards the River Stort Rural area with scattered farms and woodland Post to the east Manor of Groves Post to the south Gilston Actons Lane Actons Farm . Farm house on moated manorial site. It is 16th probably built for the Leventhorpe family but changed in the 18 th. There is also an 18 th brick bake house. The oven projects under a wooden shelter . Barn, cart shed and byre with bats. On the farm is a mature Dutch, or weeping elm. Maplecroft Wood. Ancient ash and hazel woodland with hornbeam, field maple and elm – some coppiced. In the centre is replanted ash, oak, hazel and cherry. Great Penny’s Farm . Granary 18 th - timber framed and weather boarded building.     Great Pennys barns are a modern self build project. Golden Grove . Ancient former elm coppiced woodland. There is also hornbeam, maple, ash and wych elm with some planted conifer. In the spring there are bluebells and patches of primroses

River Stort - Pole Hill

Thames Tributary River Stort The Stort flows westwards and is joined by the Pole Hole Brook from the north. Post to the east Harlow Temple Post to the north Sayes Park Post to the west Gilston Park Post to the south Harlow Eastwick Road Pole Hole Farm Pole Hole Quarry . This is the former domestic waste tip for Harlow.   Landfill gas generated. On the sides of the tip the local geological sections could be seen - boulder clay interweaved with sand. Vine Grove – houses on the site of Vine Farm, which stood here until the mid 19 th . Pye Corner – on the east side of the road was the Gilston workhouse Hollingson Meads Hollingson Meads Quarry . Active sand and gravel workings Pole Hill 102 18 th House. Timber frame plastered and roughcast. Stort Latton Lock . Built in the 1760s a turf sided structure and rebuilt in brick and concrete in 1915 – and the joins between the two levels of stonework can be seen. One of the original quoin st

Tributary to the River Stort - Sayes Park

Tributary to the River Stort The Tributary flows south Post to the north Manor of Groves Post to the east Redrick Lane Post to the south Pole Hill Post to the west Gilston High Wych Road Fox Earths Sayes Park Farm . The manor of Sawbridgeworth was passed in 1189 to Beatrice de Say and the manor took the name of Sayesbury and her family took on the manorial rights and duties. The manor passed through many hands and came to the crown in 1553 when it was leased. In 1572–3 Sayes Park farm was leased to William Lord Burghley, and later other important government officials. In 1689 this consisted of the manor of Sayesbury, Sayes Park farm and other properties – including mills and Sayes Coppice. What is left is Sayes Park Farm – including Park Field, Corn Park, and Grass Park which preserve the name of the ancient manorial park, and Dovehouse Field the manorial dovecote.    The land around it was once a deer park.